Responding to Inner Enemies and Market Forces

I have met my inner enemies and they are perfection and complexity.

For too long, I have been intending to send you new newsletters, and blog more, and announce new offerings to help with your career management, job search, career change and personal branding goals. And then I get stuck. Since the How to Manage your Career in Scary Times report, not a lot of activity. Like you, I have obligations that I can easily use an an excuse. In my case, there is always a core group of 1-1 clients working with me through their career transitions and personal branding efforts.

That isn’t good enough for me. Every time I speak to an audience, publish something or engage 1-1 with a client, I generate a Wow reaction. And that feels great. But I have a need to reach and serve more of you. In my case, my real enemies are perfection and complexity. I want things to be perfect for you. And I make things too complex. And this holds me back from sharing my expertise and passion and caring to you and a wider audience.

So, no more. It is time to play a bigger game.

Responding to Market Forces

In this kind of economy, there is a strong tendency to go small. And to hide. I don’t want to do that. Speed, simplicity and value trump perfection and complexity. So, I am going to go Big. I have always liked the play a bigger game metaphor. It says something to me about raising my level of play (including my tennis game).

And the bold message is a timely one. This is a time for big ideas. And for taking an approach that sets you apart from the competition. So, here are my primary goals and solutions for the future:

Goal: To speak to you (and more of you) more often.
Solution: Trying to blog and produce a newsletter wasn’t working. As of today, I am publishing from the BoldCareer Blog, and automatically generating those posts to a daily feed newsletter through my mailing list provider, MailChimp. So, if I posted something in the last 24 hours, you will get an email around 8am Eastern the next day. If I didn’t post – no email. If you like what I have to say, please share. If you know someone who could benefit, please refer. Thanks!

Goal: To become more relevant to my core audience and to serve more of you.
Solution: On any given day, there are many 1-1 clients benefiting from career transition services, professional resume writing and other personal consulting services. However, because they are 1-1, they don’t fit everyone’s budget or needs. And these services don’t address subtler, less urgent career management issues. I am going to:

  • Experiment with events and focus days and a collaborative job search solution that I call Job Search Task Force.
  • Offer a wider net of pricing options.

Goal: To have fun by doing what I do best.
Solution: I like to create. And to bring people together. So, let’s see what we come up with.

Invitation & Warnings

I invite you to join me, then on this next leg of the journey. It seems that many people, at all levels, are either personally worried about their jobs, or have an immediate family member of friend who is the same boat. Let’s work through this, and keep your career on track at the same time.

Warning 1: I am going to work towards Good vs. Perfect, which means that things might get messy at times.

Warning 2: I make my living by helping you manage your career. So, my posts will include coverage of my new offerings, special offers and links to products and services. I hope that when you need me, that there will be a solution that fits your needs. Of course, you are welcome to read and appreciate for as long as you want. If you object to the commercial content, I understand. You can unsubscribe at the bottom of this message.

That’s it for today. Coming up: Job Search Task Force – a new job search solution and Events.


  1. Good luck with your goals. With a positive attitude I’m sure you can achieve them.

  2. Ian, hey my friend good to hear you are so transparent and honest with us. Your passon and heart felt commitment will help us all through these tough times. We stand beside you as partners and friends in our journey. We need to hear the truth, some tough love, and some direction in life so don’t hold back, go for it.



  3. WOW Ian, this effort is automatically engaging, the new look is awsome, the communication clear and easy. I do require your assistance now and have been avoiding the reality of change and once again re-inventing myself.
    Thank you for your efforts here and including me….KFR

  4. Dear Ian,

    Excellent goals and solutions! I am told that the Chinese character for Crisis has 2 meanings: Danger & Opportunity. So, I am glad to hear of a any positive approach in this sort of economy. I am trying to ban the word "crisis" from my vocabulary and focus more on innovation. Good luck with the Job Search Task Force.

    With kind regards,

    Greet Puttaert/Brussels, Belgium

  5. Ian,
    Good luck with this new initiative. Suggestion: inspired by the Twitter status-tracking model, you might want provide a weekly (redacted) report on your professional activities. For example, you are working with me now to provide professional assistance in critiquing my LinkedIn presence. I wonder how many of your readers would even be aware of the possibility of coming to you for this service.

  6. Ian,

    Your reputation in sorting through and finding Top Talent in the Executive Arena was something I found very valuable. I like where you are going with your Blog. You are stretching outside what is comfortable for you and that is a lesson for all of us.

    Best Regards,

  7. What an inspirational message Ian. I always get fired up when people take risks and allow themselves to be vulnerable. It’s amazing how compelling the truth is, perhaps because we hear so little of it.
    Thanks for energizing my day.

  8. Wow. Thank you so much to all of you for your support, encouragement and comments. This is the equivalent of throwing some nice big and dry logs onto the fire to keep me warm until day arrives. Thank-you. Seriously.

    And the fact that this new format of Blogging = Newsletter results in Comments validates my decision to move in this direction. More conversation the better.

    Keep the comments coming please.

  9. Great work Ian; change is good. Your urgency is inspiring and a necessary part of competing in this and every market. Can’t wait to see what pops up next. Keep it coming,


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